Bow Flex Made of Snuggies, intimate interview with Natasha Muse, our June FEATURE

Every month we try to do something different for The San Francisco Queer Open Mic, after we realize that we have no money and no volunteers(seriously people, what is up with that?) we try to get creative, so this month we decided to do an INTERVIEW!

Please read and share this great interview with comedian Natasha Muse, who is one off the most interested performers in San Francisco, and one of its top comedians. We are honored to have her grace our little bookstore stage.

ENJOY! and don’t you DARE miss the show tomorrow Friday the 28th, 7:30pm at Modern Times Bookstore.

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BOW FLEX MADE OF SNUGGIES

  1. What is your favorite 80s sitcom?

Oh, that’s tough. This question is like asking me who my favorite parent is. I guess I gotta go with the Facts of Life.  It’s a spin-off of another great 80s classic (Diff’rent Strokes), it has a wonderful theme song and, most importantly, I feel like I grew up with those girls. (Also: Pre-ER Clooney!)

 

  1. What’s your biggest struggle — work or otherwise?

Right now I’d have to say it’s trying to find a good balance between taking care of my family and working on comedy- neither ever feels ‘done’ so it’s always a matter of deciding when to stop for the moment/day/night

 

  1. Name comic you admire, or have learned a lot from?

I grew up watching Paula Poundstone. She makes whatever she’s involved in funnier, and (from my limited perspective) it seems like she’s makes a decent living performing comedy without being a ‘star,’ which is something I would love to be able to do.

 

  1. When did you decide to be a comic, what made you decide that?

I got my start performing at a place called AsiaSF. After I was there for a while, my performances began to get more and more centered on comedy. I also began interjecting more jokes into the hosting and show introductions. Eventually I realized I wanted to do more of the jokes and less of the lip-synching so I decided to move on to make less money but be much happier.

 

  1. Aliens or Terminator 2?

Gotta go with T2: Judgement Day!

 

  1. Who would you make scifi whoopee with, Ripley or Sarah Connor?

Ship leave with Ripley!

 

  1. What is your favorite spot to perform in the Bay Area?

The Punchline.

 

  1. If someone said, “I want to do what you do,” what would you warn them about?

People won’t tell you you’re pretty as often as you would think. Also, it’s probably much harder than it looks. Or easier. So be ready for that.

 

  1. Do you have a favorite role model?

Not really. Is that bad? I feel like maybe I should. Is there someone good who didn’t have any role models themselves? That person could be a good role model for me.

 

  1. Donuts or crepes?

Donuts, but actually crullers.

 

  1. Do you go to Burning Man? If yes, why? If no, why?

No, when I first heard about it, I just didn’t ‘get it’ for some reason. Maybe the wrong people tried to explain it to me? Recently, though, some comedian friends were talking about it and it seemed like it might be fun to go with my wife and kids once they are old enough (my wife is really young). But honestly, I get thirsty just thinking about the desert, so we’ll see.

 

  1. What’s wrong with the bayarea today?

It’s either the high number of mentally ill people in the streets who don’t have access to adequate health care or all the bicyclists on the sidewalks. It really depends upon how moody I am that day.

 

  1. Favorite junk food? I’ll have some ice-cream, please. No nuts. Oh, they’re in there already? That’s fine.

 

  1. What is your funniest memory?

When ordering funny shirts online was still new I bought a shirt that said “Scott Baio International Day of Peace,” and featured his likeness along with the flags of seven or eight nations. I thought this shirt was so funny, I laughed when I saw it, laughed when I got it, laughed when I put it on, and laughed every time I looked down while I was wearing it. It’s actually making me smile just thinking about it. Also: no one else thought it was anywhere near as funny as I did, which just makes the whole thing that much more amusing.

 

  1. What would you like to see happen in your lifetime?

The singularity. Or contact with extraterrestrial life. Something simple.

 

  1. If you could live anywhere in San Francisco, which neighborhood would it be?

Honestly, I really like where we live now, right where Nob Hill, meets the TL and Union Square. It’s close to a lot of stuff, usually pretty quiet, and my neighbors are nice.

 

  1. What are some of your favorite smells?

Coffee, marijuana, baby, sunscreen, fresh cut grass, cliches.

 

  1. Historical figure you would want to be in a infomercials with?

Abraham. That guy convinced so many men to cut off a piece of their own penises, and those of their sons.  If he can sell that idea, he can sell a Bowflex made of Snuggies.

 

  1. What are you most proud of?

Somehow, despite the odds, I ended up with getting to have a pretty awesome life that I get to share with my wife Monique and the family we’re creating. Statistically speaking, I shouldn’t exist, so I guess I’m proud that I do.

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